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"The Pastor's Wife" review by Suzanne
Premiering Saturday, November 5 at 8 pm ET/PT on Lifetime

This is a pretty straight-forward domestic abuse drama like we've seen for years on Lifetime, but they try to make it very mysterious so you only see parts in flashback and don't really know what happened until near the end. Frankly, I found the end a bit disappointing. I guess because it's based on reality, they tried to keep it simple.

Rose McGowan does a great job starring as Mary, the pastor's wife. She and her husband seem to have a perfect marriage and family, but of course they don't. We only see that he is a little domineering, at first. She seems very nervous and upset, but we don't know why. Later on, she kills him, and then the rest of the movie is about her trial and the secrets that come out about her life.

All of the performances are very good. Michael Shanks, one of my favorite actors, plays the pastor. He is not in the movie very much, though, and we never find out much about why he acts the way he does, or why she stayed with him for 13 years (She clearly loves him, despite everything, but still...), or how they managed to hide it all so well. I want to know more!

There is a lot of good music played in the background, and I enjoyed that. This is an entertaining way to spend a few hours, don't get me wrong. I just wish there were more to it.

More Information:

Rose McGowan Headlines Lifetime Original Movie "The Pastor's Wife" - Based on a True Story, Film to Premiere November 5, 2011
Michael Shanks also stars in the project, which is based on the non-fiction book by Dianne Fanning.


LOS ANGELES, CA (October 14, 2011) - Lifetime is set to premiere the original movie The Pastor's Wife, starring Rose McGowan (Conan the Barbarian, Nip Tuck) and Michael Shanks (Smallville, Burn Notice) in a film about the shotgun slaying of a small town minister and revelations of his dark secrets involving sex, lies and betrayal -- shocking his God-fearing community and changing it forever. The Pastor's Wife will debut on Saturday, November 5, at 8 pm ET/PT.

Based on a true story that made national headlines, The Pastor's Wife centers on the 2006 death of Matthew Winkler (Shanks), a beloved minister and community leader who was mysteriously shot and killed in his Selmer, Tennessee, home. During their investigation, the authorities soon zero in on Matthew's wife, Mary (McGowan), as the crime's prime suspect. But why would Mary, a dutiful preacher's wife and young mother of three girls, kill her husband? During her trial, shocking secrets about her relationship with Matthew are exposed, answering the disturbing questions many are asking about what really went on behind the closed doors of this "perfect family."


Based on the non-fiction book by Dianne Fanning, The Pastor's Wife is produced by Preacher Road Productions Ltd. and Front Street Pictures, with Gerald W. Abrams (Nuremburg, Four Minutes), Mike Moran, Juliet Smith and Harvey Kahn (Girl Fight) executive producing. Norma Bailey (Too Late to Say Goodbye) directs a screenplay written by Robert L. Freedman (Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows).


Lifetime Television is committed to offering the highest quality entertainment and information programming, and advocating a wide range of issues affecting women and their families. Lifetime Television(R), Lifetime Movie Network(R), Lifetime Real Women(R) and Lifetime Digital(TM) are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks. A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group, Hearst Corporation and NBC Universal

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